Chicks For Charity

Some of the chicks for this year's appeal

Following record-breaking charity appeals in 2017 and 2018, Francis House Children’s Hospice is once again calling on knitters around the country to support the charity’s annual Knitted Chick Appeal, ahead of Easter 2019.

Hundreds of knitters put their needles to work in 2018, producing more than 40,000 chicks between them and helping the campaign to raise an incredible £50,000! These funds help significantly towards the hospice’s running costs – currently at over £12,900 a day – to provide care and support services for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Each knitted chick is paired with a donated chocolate egg and sold in schools and businesses for just £1.

How Can You Help?

Patterns for both knitted and crocheted chicks can be found online at, or call 0161 443 2200 to request a copy.

Help From Uganda

Since July 2017, members of the Soft Power Education knitting group in Bujagali, close to the River Nile in rural Eastern Uganda, have been spending time knitting chicks from beneath the shade of a mango tree.

The group’s first brood of 550 chicks recently arrived at Francis House Children’s Hospice and come Spring 2018, these chicks – along with thousands of others – will raise funds for the annual Knitted Chick Appeal.

Ugandan knitters

Help from Uganda is aiding the appeal – and the lives of the women there

An anonymous UK benefactor is paying the group for each chick knitted, meaning both Francis House and the women in the group will benefit from the project.

One lady in Uganda knitting for the appeal

Rachel Astill, fundraiser at Francis House, said,

 We are delighted to have the SPE knitting group on board with our Easter Chick Appeal fundraiser. The money raised helps to make a real difference to the lives of families who use Francis House. It is even better that the campaign is now helping families in need overseas too.”

Francis House provides respite care for children, teenagers and young adults with a short life expectancy. To get involved with the Easter Chick Appeal, visit

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